Time to Focus on Heavy Vehicle Law Changes

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s new chain of responsibility laws for Australia’s heavy vehicle industry will swing into effect midway through this year and bring with it impacts onto livestock producers.

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The new laws require every producer and vehicle operator to understand their own responsibilities when it comes to carting livestock.

Under the changes primary producers will be responsible for ensuring the following:

• Ensure stock or loads are ready to load on time so that a driver is not unduly delayed and pressured to speed or exceed fatigue hours.
• Ensure safe access, while on your property, for the heavy vehicles and advise drivers of any relevant local knowledge.
• Ensure you consult with your transporter and other parties in the chain when setting time-frames for pick-up and delivery.
• Avoid requests, instructions, requirements or demands that may influence the driver to speed or drive while fatigued – whether written in a contract or made verbally.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s chain of responsibility manager, Kym Farquharson-Jones, says the changes are a significant step forward in recognising that everyone in the supply chain has a role to play in heavy vehicle safety.

“Primary producers also play an important role in supporting safe, reliable road transport to all road users, particularly heavy vehicles.”

“Primary producers must be careful to use operators that provide safe and compliant transport activities. Consult your provider to ensure any safety risks are understood and steps are taken to mitigate those risks.”

For more information head to www.nhvr.gov.au/cor